Two raw, hard-boiled novels featuring Vince Slader, an ex-cop turned PI, working the dark side of Hollywood.
THE LONG NIGHT
Slader is hired by a casino to hunt down a gambler with a $28,000 tab in return for a percentage of the debt. It seems like a straight-forward job until Slader winds up framed for murder. As if that isn’t bad enough, he becomes a target of hard-charging politicians and the West Coast mafia.
“An enjoyable 1950s crime-fiction novel that retains most of the flavor of the genre’s mid-century pioneers. If you are a fan of authors like Frank Kane and Mickey Spillane, The Long Night is sure to please.” The Paperback Warrior
THE GOLD-PLATED SEWER
Slader is hired to protect Freddie Sharpe, an obscenely rich, obscenely arrogant, obscenely talented, and obscenely obscene big name singer… who moves through the sin-filled mansions, back alleys, bars, clubs and studios of Tinseltown with an entourage of hangers-on and sychophants, any one of whom could be homicidally jealous of their not-so-benevolent benefactor.
“Demaris saturates the prose with gunplay, fast cars and sexy women. The criminals are edgy, but the hero is a valid, uncompromising tough guy who serves as the perfect crime combatant.” The Paperback Warrior
Four daring, sizzling hot novels of searing passion, violent crime, and insatiable desire.
WHIP OF DESIRE * BORN TO BE MADE * THE LUSTING DRIVE * SWAMP NYMPH
WHIP OF DESIRE by March Hastings
Decades before Fifty Shades of Grey, there was Whip of Desire — the story of a woman with brutal needs no man could satisfy. Eve has beauty, talent and money, but deep within her is something wild that drives her to endure violence to satisfy her deepest, darkest, carnal needs.
BORN TO BE MADE by John Burton Thompson
Before EMMANUELLE, there was the story of Marvelle Martingale… a heart-stoppingly beautiful woman’s awakening of aching desire and her daring journey of carnal discovery as she explores every facet of her scorching sexuality in her quest for shattering, physical bliss and true love.
THE LUSTING DRIVE by Ovid Demaris
Guy Hill is a man on fire…who takes what he wants when he wants it. And what he lusts for is power, money…and women, lots of women. And the women lust for him, too, their desires inflamed by his raw need….and the violence that percolating inside him.
“Demaris’ narrative power plus copious doses of sex.” New York Times
SWAMP NYMPH by John Burton Thompson
Deep in the hot swamplands of the South, a desperate man on-the-run meets a woman of raw, natural beauty whose ravenous sexual desires could lead them both to sweet, ecstatic ruin.
Four brilliant, wildly acclaimed novels of cold war espionage and unrelenting suspense.
I KILLED STALIN * I SEE RED * RUN FOR YOUR LIFE * SEASON OF ASSASSINS
I KILLED STALIN by Sterling Noel
A covert, American agency known as “Bureau X” gives U.S. Naval Intelligence agent Alexis Bodine a new face, a new identity, and a suicide mission — infiltrate the Soviet government as a spy, work his way up to Stalin, and assassinate him before World War III begins.
“The high adventure read of the year, possibly even the decade.” King Features Syndicate
I SEE RED by Sterling Noel
It’s 1955. Pete LaSalle is a retired spy who is recruited by a secret U.S. counter-espionage agency to find a rogue atomic scientist with a troubling, personal connection to his past. The action rockets from Florida to New York, and on to Mexico. Along the way, LaSalle is framed for murder and teams up with his ex-wife to stop a horrific plot in a race-against-time that climaxes in a breathtaking finale of non-stop, pulse-pounding action.
“An awesome work of mid-century action-adventure fiction. Any reader looking for an exciting paperback will find that I SEE RED definitely delivers the goods. The bulk of the book is extremely violent and hard-boiled as hell. ” The Paperback Warrior
RUN FOR YOUR LIFE by Sterling Noel
Banker Randall McCarey is an extremely dangerous ex-spy, skilled in handling a variety of weapons and lethal women, who is drafted by the CIA for a secret mission in France tied to his work in counter-espionage during the war… and who is targeted for death from the moment he lands.
“Tops in spy-suspense stories” New York Journal-American
SEASON OF ASSASSINS by Geoffrey Wagner
World War II is over but the terror remains for one guilty officer stained with the blood of his own men…and stalked by an enemy obsessed with violent revenge. Only one other man knew the crimes of Philip Stevens… who had shot one of his own soldiers during a raid behind enemy lines in Africa, knowingly sent to other men straight into German fire, and faked his way out of battle into a hospital, where he perverted the tenderness of love-starved nurse to his own, desperate needs. And while Stevens struggles to cover his ugly tracks, the sole witness to his cowardice relentlessly pursues him in a chilling, suspense thriller that leads to a stunning climax.
The entire, epic Crosbie Saga… from soldier Duncan Crosbie’s heroics fighting for the French in Canadian war to his dangerous trek from Virginia to Ohio, leading a wagon train of French immigrants to their promised land, battling bloodthirsty Indians and savage, white outlaws every step of the way.
“It’s an epic story, a grand tale about one of the most dramatic times in history.” The Montgomery Alabama Advertiser
THE TALL CAPTAINS
It’s 1759. Duncan Crosbie, exiled Scotsman, soldier of France sails for the New World, to join the tall captains, fighting the British in the northern wilds of Canada . . .
“An exhilirating historical story of the frontier warfare. Bart Spicer breathes life into his novels that makes an experience of reading them, rather than a pastime. This is a longer-than-usual story but one that you will regret must end.” Chattanooga Daily Times
THE WILD OHIO
It’s the summer of 1790… and Col. Duncan Crosbie, a veteran of the American revolution, leads 300 French emigres in a wagon train from Alexandria, Virginia to their new home in the wilds of Ohio…a quest for freedom that becomes a harrowing struggle for their lives.
“The historical background is woven into the story with care, lending realism to the action. Spicer stirs his mixture vigorously in his first attempt at historical fiction. Tension mounts and the suspense races to the denouement.” The New York Times
All FIVE novels in the gritty, hard-boiled series featuring two-fisted lawyer Johnny Maguire
I’LL FIND YOU
Johnny Maguire is a struggling lawyer who falls into a passionate affair with the widow of one of his clients. She disappears… supposedly taking a suicide dive into the ocean. But Maquire doesn’t buy it and starts searching for her…a quest that pits him against the mob and spirals into a twisted story of sex and murder.
“In its own twisted way, it’s a love story…with lots of raw emotion, with plenty of melodrama. And a really great final scene and line, very much in keeping with the character of Johnny Maguire.” Bill Crider
“Richard Himmel was an outstanding writer, and I’ll Find Youis a quality book… likely to please readers of well-written hardboiled crime who are also comfortable with some romance and human drama in their stories.” The Paperback Warrior
THE CHINESE KEYHOLE
Was the big blonde a willing victim to the sadist with the whip, or did she hold the key to the Communist spy ring? Johnny had to know…and the answer was at The Chinese Keyhole, the hottest and deadliest nightclub in Chinatown. where hell was set to music.
TWO DEATHS MUST DIE
A big movie star’s dark and sordid past in a stag movie comes back to haunt her. It’s up to Johnny to keep her secret buried, without getting buried himself.
THE RICH AND THE DAMNED
Lawyer Johnny Maguire is caught in the middle when a wealthy industrialist dies and leaves him in charge of executing the inheritance… which his dead client’s four children are desperate to grab. The children include the industrial’s two daughters, one of whom has shared Johnny’s bed and another who would like to. Meanwhile, a mobster is eager to take-over the dead man’s business…even if it means killing.
I HAVE GLORIA KIRBY
The wife of the biggest mob boss in town walks into Johnny’s office with a suitcase full of stolen cash and asks for his help. She’s also Johnny’s first love, the woman who ripped out his heart ten years ago. He knows he should say no…but he can’t stop himself.
From Lee Goldberg, the #1 New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Publishers Weekly bestselling author of True Fiction, The Walk, and Lost Hills, comes **all four** of his acclaimed JURY SERIES novels…collected into one mega-sized, pulse-pounding, thrill-ride that will leave you breathless!
JUDGMENT * ADJOURNED * PAYBACK * GUILTY
The complete saga of Brett Macklin, a one-man judge, jury, and executioner, fighting a war on terror on the streets of Los Angeles in the mid-1980s. Over 160,000 words/550 pages of non-stop action, wildly erotic sex, and wicked humor.
“As stunning as the report of a .357 Magnum, a dynamic premiere effort […] The Best New Paperback Series of the year!” West Coast Review of Books
The series, published in 1985, under the title 357 Vigilante was written by “Ian Ludlow”… a pseudonym for Lee Goldberg, who wrote the books while he was still a teenage UCLA student, under the supervision of his professor, novelist Lewis Perdue (The DaVinci Legacy, The Queensgate Reckoning, Daughter of God etc). Goldberg would later go on to write and/or produce such TV shows as Monk, Diagnosis Murder, SeaQuest, and The Glades co-create the hit Hallmark Mystery movie series Mystery 101 and write many more novels, including fifteen best-selling “Monk” mysteries, five internationally bestselling “Fox & O’Hare” novels co-authored with Janet Evanovich, and in a nod to THE JURY SERIES, the “Ian Ludlow Thriller” trilogy: True Fiction, Killer Thriller, and Fake Truth. He is also the author of Lost Hills.
A SAMPLING OF THE CRITICAL ACCLAIM FOR LEE GOLDBERG:
“A high-octane mystery that moves like a bullet-train!” Janet Evanovich
“Can books be better than television? You bet they can — when Lee Goldberg’s writing them,” Lee Child
“Leaves you guessing right up until the heart-stopping ending,” Lisa Gardner
“Lee Goldberg can plot and write with the best of them,” Mystery Scene Magazine
“If great pacing with awesome characters is what keeps you up at night, then make a pot of coffee and open this book.” Crimespree
“Grabs you from page one with brilliant wit, sharply honed suspense, and a huge helping of pure originality.” —Jeffery Deaver,
“A delight from start to finish, a round-the-world, thrill-a-minute, laser-guided missile of a book.” —Joseph Finder
“An action-packed treasure filled with intrigue, engaging characters, and exciting, well-rendered locales. With Goldberg’s hyper-clever plotting, dialogue, and wit on every page, readers are in for a blast with this one!” —Mark Greaney
“Entertaining and ruefully funny,” Honolulu Star Bulletin
“THE WALK is a magnificent novel — by turns hilarious, scary, sad, witty and ultimately wise on its judgments about the way so many of us live these days. And it’s one hell of a page-turner, too,” Author Ed Gorman, founder of Mystery Scene Magazine
“Harrowing and funny…” -Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine
“With books this good, who needs TV?” Chicago Sun Times
“Lee is one of my favorite writers for so many reasons–plotting, character, or his incredible sense of humor. Suffice to say that Goldberg is one infinitely readable master of crime fiction, and King City is Lee at his best.” -Craig Johnson
“You’d be hard-pressed to find another recent work that provides so many hip and humorous moments,” Bookgasm
Two Complete Novels of Women Facing Unrelenting Terror…. by “Sebastian Blayne,” the brilliant detective and Broadway playwright
HOLIDAY IN HELL
The story of a passion that knew no law…
Every time Moira tried to flee from the past, there was a paralyzing terror, the spectre of evil to torture her. Every loving embrace, every kiss, was under the shadow of death. Someone wanted her dead…each attempt had failed so far, but soon the killer would get it right.
Moira’s only hope is Sebastian “Neddy” Blayne…the flamboyant, wealthy, pampered bon vivant… famous playwright, author and brilliant detective.
Blayne is equal parts Nero Wolfe, Simon Templar and Hercule Poirot…and he is aided in his adventures by his bald, Italian valet Beppo, his red-headed secretary Maggie, and his French poodle Misty…and the ever-diligent NYPD homicide detective Simon Fennelley.
But can he save her…and himself… from a holiday in hell?
This book was previously published under the title Gay Ghastly Holiday
TERROR IN THE NIGHT
“A tense, psychological novel of suspense, written in a brittle, sophisticated manner that will keep the reader in a state of fascination.” Pensacola News-Journal
Memo from Maggie MacMahon: “I’m going back. I guess I’m too ‘lace curtain Irish stubborn’ to be scared off. You say I have bride’s jitters, but Neddy, I know someone in the dowager house means to kill me. The town will be filled with terror for me and I’ll dread the streets at night. I only hope my murderer isn’t Curt, because that would mean I’m marrying a psychopath. Remember how we used to drink Courvoisier out of the toothbrush glass? Will you miss me Neddy? Your loving secretary, Maggie.”
Is Sebastian Blayne’s secretary marrying a psychopathic killer? Will Blayne find the answer before she’s killed…or will he die trying?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
“Sebastian Blayne” was the pseudonym that writer Jan Huckins adopted for two crime novels written in the early 1950s. She was born in 1911 in Oklahoma City, where her parents owned the Huckins Hotel (her mother later jumped to her death from the 8th floor in 1949). She wrote freelance articles for newspapers and magazines and ghost-wrote the scripts (for writer Irma Phillips) for the popular 1942 radio serial Lonely Woman, which she also novelized. In 1959, she co-authored the novel “Face of My Assassin” under her own name with Carolyn Weston. Huckins died in Santa Monica, California in 1981.